Shortly before Pope Francis was elected, I said that the next Pope would be “Peter the Roman”.
*]Before the Conclave, I told my parents, “We’ll know the end is nigh when we have a Pope named ‘Peter the Roman’.”
*]On Tuesday, I asked my mother, “Have they elected Peter the Roman yet?”
I wasn’t being serious, but I already knew full well that the Church had dismissed the Prophecy of the Popes.
I am agonising over whether to confess this or not. Half of me thinks that I would be making a mockery of the Sacrament of Penance by confessing something so silly, but the other half of me is trying to twist it into heretical blasphemy, which I wouldn’t dare to withhold.
Objectively, did I sin by saying that the next Pope would be “Peter the Roman”?